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Pollock & Fractals - Art or Science ?
Much controversy has surrounded Pollock’s 'drip painting' with some saying a chimpanzee could create the same; others say it is found in nature. I'll discuss one scientist/art historian's explanation for Pollock's work.

Realism in Art – Caravaggio & Gentileschi
Caravaggio, the more familiar artist, preceded Artemisia Gentileschi, and influenced her expressions in art. I’ll discuss similar works by these post Renaissance artists.

Red - The Color of Love and Matisse
February is the month to think "red." Red is the color of the heart, thus love and passion. Henri Mattise was a famous 20th century French artist who painted with red as if it were the subject matter. I'll discuss his painting, "The Red Studio."

Religious Art
I discuss artists' interpretations of the Old & New Testaments with examples of art by Giotto, Michelangelo and Bosch.

Renoir Paints ‘Luncheon of Boating Party’
Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s beloved painting is one of the most recognizable in the world. Over 100 years old, it still delights us with its color and subject matter. I will discuss his friends as models and the techniques Renoir used to connect them.

Renoir Paints Dancing Couples - Not All Smiling
Renoir is best known as a French Impressionist artist who painted couples dancing and enjoying themselves. However, one model is portrayed as not fully smiling. The mystery behind the woman and her smile is revealed.

Restoration vs Conservation in Art
Art historians typically favor art conservation over restoration. Why? I will discuss the Sistine Chapel restoration project.

Review of: The Man Who Made Vermeers
Han van Meegeren began forging old masters in 1920. I feel his success was due to a ‘perfect storm' of events. I'll explain why.

Revisiting Ancient Egyptian Art : Sculpture
Naturally the story of Egyptian art includes hieroglyphics and statues in pharaohs' tombs. I will explain that there is much more to understanding this Near East culture.

Richard Estes – Painter of Photorealism
Like Chuck Close and Duane Hanson who emerged during the ‘60s and ‘70s, Richard Estes also used photography to help create his artwork.

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